Our Favourite Wineries in Naramata Bench

We arrived at our bed and breakfast in the Naramata Bench after a leisurely lunch of hand-pulled pizza, summer greens and plenty of wine at The Pecking Room – Red Rooster Winery’s al fresco kitchen. Steve, an expat from London who owns Benchmark B&B with his wife Gail, greeted us warmly and quickly dived into a humour filled synopsis of Benchmark’s history and amenities. Although charming and witty, his stories were lost on me the minute we entered the garden. What a magical setting. Lake views stretch across the expansive property. Two-person circular chaises with crimson cushions rest on the vibrant green lawn, enticing guests to lose themselves in the postcard perfect scene. A large saltwater pool runs parallel to

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Whistler with a Toddler

As Vancouverites my husband and I have shared an almost lifelong love for Whistler, British Columbia. A four seasons playground, only one and a half hours by car from Vancouver, Whistler is a recreational and gastronomic paradise. Although we both ski, and are enthusiastic participants in all après ski activities, we actually prefer visiting Canada’s most celebrated mountain resort in the warmer months. Having travelled to Whistler countless times as a couple I was apprehensive about a trip with our newly toddling 14-month old daughter Brooklyn. As with most vacation destinations itinerary planning seems infinitely easier when children are a little older and the range of feasible activities broadens. Whistler however surprised me. Our tiny traveller was well entertained throughout

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Calgary Beyond The Beef

Canada’s wild west is well known for its beef, annual stampede and warm hospitality.  While Calgary’s previously mentioned mainstays remain strong, the ever-growing city is quickly gaining notoriety in the culinary world.  My husband and I have visited greater Calgary on a few occasions and always opted for steakhouses and burger joints to capitalize on Alberta’s famous beef.  Our recent trip, however, held a different challenge: to seek out Calgary’s a-typical, unique eateries and order anything but beef. Breakfast: Jelly Modern Doughnuts Homer Simpson, and police forces throughout the country, could very well loose their minds in Jelly modern doughnuts – a chic little artisan doughnut shop that pays homage to one of Canada’s favourite morning treats.  Using organic and

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Romance Heats Up in Sunny Osoyoos

Every July my family packed the Ford station wagon, with my brothers and I knee-to-knee in the back seat, and made the six-hour drive to Osoyoos for a weeklong camping trip.  We spent our vacation splashing in the lake, eating cherries, playing Uno and reading Archie and Jughead comic books.  This was our family tradition, and I looked forward to the trip every year. As an adult my love for Osoyoos has not waned, however my interests and travel preferences are more sophisticated.  Fortunately for me an influx of vineyards and vintners has helped transform Osoyoos from sleepy little beach town into gastronomic haven.  My husband and I have now created our own tradition, which is to leave our darling

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Head over Heels for Tofino

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway to pop the question, or romance your honey, there is no better destination than Tofino. Home to Conde Nast’s ‘Most Romantic Hideaway in North America’ for 2010 (Wickaninnish Inn), this quintessential west-coast town with eco-activities, fabulous cuisine, first-class accommodations and five-star scenery, is sure to cast that loving spell. SEE A unique way to experience Tofino’s majestic beauty is by taking a scenic seaplane tour with Alteao River Air. The lush rainforests, abundance of small surrounding islands, jagged shoreline cliffs and incredible turquoise waters are beyond spectacular from the air. A more intimate option for exploring Clayoquot Sound is to pack a picnic and sea kayak through the numerous inlets and bays, which

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